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The Random: The tour was part of a Civil War seminar at Lord Fairfax Community College. Our professor was Jonathan Noyalas (far right), and I have taken a number of his day-long classes. He'll be leaving the community college soon to take a position at nearby Shenandoah University.
The topic was "Sigel and Hunter in the Lower Shenandoah Valley, Spring 1864." After a lecture at LFCC, we visited several sites in Winchester and a few other sites in Stephens City. However, Lagrange was a highlight for me since it is a beautiful place. Note the fine barn (below).
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It was a beautiful day except for some strong winds.
[From the class description: "A morning lecture at Lord Fairfax Community College’s Middletown Campus will ably set the stage for an afternoon carpool tour of sites between Winchester and Stephens City which will examine the Union presence in Frederick County, irregular operations, and efforts of Union Gen. David Hunter to burn civilians’ homes in order to control increased activity from Confederate irregulars and bushwhackers. Sites visited include site of Sigel’s headquarters at Hollingsworth’s Mill, site of the Market House in Winchester, Hull’s Store, Locust Hill, Oliver M. Brown house, Rev. Dr. Andrew H.H. Boyd house, McLeod’s Hill, and Stephens Run as well as other sites."]